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Posted by Kate, April 30, 2011

Kate’s off to visit our Australia/New Zealand book distribution partner, Allen and Unwin

I’m leaving today for an action-packed trip to Australia.

The main purpose of the trip is to meet the sales and marketing teams at Allen and Unwin and present our books to them. The cockatoo in the picture above is part of their logo. The bird looks to me a lot like a sulphur-crested cockatoo – but correct me if I’m wrong, as I am not an expert in the family Cacatuidae. It’s found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea, an is a very intelligent bird with a distinctive raucous call. On an ornithological basis alone, Allen and Unwin would, therefore be compatible with Nosy Crow. Their Sydney office is in a part of the city called Crow’s Nest; they are independent, friendly, and committed to publishing great books; and they like cake. Sometimes I think this partnership was written in the stars.

I would very much recommend their blog, The Alien Onion, and they have up, at the moment, a very nice blog post about princess books inspired by the Royal Wedding (about which we blogged too).

Anyway, they start selling Nosy Crow’s books next month – by which I mean May, and I am going there to present Nosy Crow’s autumn 2011 titles and to talk about how our titles for 2012 are shaping up. I’m also meeting several customers and doing a number of interviews.

So, unflattering flight-socks at the ready, off I go, so wish me luck!